Confession: I'm a weirdo, I loooove travel planning. I love all the research and the details. I make itineraries for fun.
My first international trip was in college, to Uganda - and I took a full semester class focusing on the issues in the country before departing. You can imagine that being culture-blind in a destination like that would not make for a great trip. Ever since then, I've been obsessed with travel research and learning everything possible about a place before I get there.